Natural Resources

The Byway links a series of views to rural historic landscapes that are evocative of the pioneer era and frontier culture.

State Natural Areas

Autumn Trees Along a Stream
Caney Fork River Bluffs

The scenic high ridge tops, agricultural lands, and hardwood forests of the 200-acre conservation easement surrounding Caney Fork Bluffs can be viewed fronting the Caney Fork River for one mile along I-40 heading toward Knoxville. This specific area of mature native hardwood forests was identified by the TN Division of Natural Heritage for its unique habitat and as being home to a variety of rare or endangered species. Found within a 2 mile radius of the property, The State of Tennessee identified rare or endangered species including Harper’s Umbrella-plant, Water Stitchwort, Western Wallflower, Limestone Blue Star, Branching Whitlow-grass, Sooty Darter, Price’s Potato-bean, Spectaclecase, and Svenson’s Wild-rye.

Other Natural Resources

The following State Natural Areas/Conservation Areas and Protection Planning Sites are nearby, located within ten miles of the Byway.

  • Brady Mountain State Natural Area
  • Campbell Bend Barrens State Natural Area
  • Cookeville High School Low Woods
  • Crowder Cemetery Barrens State Natural Area
  • DOE Creek Cove Protection Planning Site
  • Mill Creek Hemlocks Protection Planning Site
  • Piney Creek Sandstone Glade
  • Tanger Hill
  • Window Cliffs Protection Planning Site